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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

2015-01-30T10:13:12-05:00

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of January 29, 2015 Magic Kingdom® Park Splash Mountain Cinderella's Royal Table Liberty Square Riverboat Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid Harmony Barber Shop Big Thunder Mountain Railroad "it's a small world" Dream Along with Mickey Jungle Cruise Liberty Tree Tavern Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System will undergo refurbishment that will impact the Resort and Express monorail beams on select days in February and March. During these times, [...]

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule2015-01-30T10:13:12-05:00

Tips for the parks – part 3

2019-06-21T13:01:30-05:00

Looking for tips and strategies to make your trip smoother? Here are some ideas to help you out! · Disneyland has changed their DAS (Disability Assistance Service card) - it is now electronic. The DAS card is now on the card holder's park ticket. You will go to the kiosk to get the return times. The return times are being scanned onto the park tickets. Everyone in your group must present their ticket to be included in the use of [...]

Tips for the parks – part 32019-06-21T13:01:30-05:00

Hilton Anaheim Review

2015-01-03T15:36:49-05:00

One of my favorite things when traveling to Disneyland Resort in California is to stay in one of the three Disney properties- The Disneyland Hotel, The Grand Californian, or Paradise Pier. That being said, there are times when it is simply more cost effective to stay at a Good Neighbor property. For example, when my family and I priced out our most recent trip to Disneyland, staying at the Hilton Anaheim saved us $2000! That paid for our airline and [...]

Hilton Anaheim Review2015-01-03T15:36:49-05:00

Outside of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks

2015-01-03T15:26:52-05:00

One of the great things about staying at the Walt Disney World Resort is you are in the middle of the magic. While we all love the theme parks did you know there’s plenty to keep you busy outside of the parks as well? Rent a boat! Many of the Disney resorts offer a marina with boat rentals. Take some time to explore one of the many waterways at Walt Disney World. Experienced boater or not, there’s something for everyone [...]

Outside of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks2015-01-03T15:26:52-05:00

The Rainy Day Cavalcade at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

2015-01-12T15:03:14-05:00

    Perhaps you have been in The Magic Kingdom on a very rainy day, or have been caught in the inevitable brief afternoon shower. In all my visits to The Magic Kingdom over 30+ years, I was fortunate enough to have never been caught in the rain for the 3:00 parade (How did that happen?!). That is, until this year. It was supposed to be my 3-year-old daughter’s first parade, because 3:00 in the afternoon is usually when we’re [...]

The Rainy Day Cavalcade at Disney’s Magic Kingdom2015-01-12T15:03:14-05:00

Dining at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa

2015-01-07T17:28:30-05:00

A vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa is a tropical getaway. In a lot of ways, the vacation experience is similar to a Disney Cruise vacation – tropical beaches, lots of included entertainment, a complimentary kid’s club, etc. But one major question that comes up when booking an Aulani vacation is what do I do for food? While there is not a dining plan (like at the Disney parks) and the food isn’t included (like on a Disney [...]

Dining at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa2015-01-07T17:28:30-05:00

Disney Food Truck Invasion

2015-01-03T13:30:50-05:00

Food trucks… I love food trucks. What is not to love about delicious culinary delights that are served fast and from an awesomely decorated truck? The very first time I read of news that Disney was going to introduce food trucks to Downtown Disney I KNEW we would have to sample their offerings on our next trip! The Namaste Café truck features “Tasty Explorations from Disney’s Animal Kingdom.” The artwork on the truck is definitely stunning. The colorful murals depict [...]

Disney Food Truck Invasion2015-01-03T13:30:50-05:00

A Taste Test for the Wizard at Heart

2015-01-03T13:25:19-05:00

Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans are one of the most popular treats in the wizarding world and Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter! These are very similar to Muggle Jelly Beans, except they have been created in every flavor imaginable: some you want to taste and some you do not! If you ever wonder what that magical box held inside, but were afraid to open it, well, my family has taken then mystery and the misery out of the beans [...]

A Taste Test for the Wizard at Heart2015-01-03T13:25:19-05:00

Ramada Gateway Hotel

2015-01-03T13:17:57-05:00

Ramada Gateway Hotel is your home away from home! This is a good neighbor hotel located in Kissimmee, Florida. This hotel is located only 1 mile away from Walt Disney World Theme Parks, such as Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Magic Kingdom and is located only minutes away from other main tourist attractions such as LEGOLAND Florida, SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando, and The Holy Land Experience just to name a few. Ramada Gateway is not only known [...]

Ramada Gateway Hotel2015-01-03T13:17:57-05:00

Fantasmic Lunch Package

2015-01-12T09:41:12-05:00

  One thing I’ve always wanted to see at Disney World is Fantasmic, Hollywood Studio’s nightly water and laser show, but I’d never taken the time to actually see it! Blame it on the long wait to get in or the lack of utilizing the new FastPass+ system, but I decided once and for all – next time I go to Disney, I’m going to see Fantasmic! On my most recent trip to Walt Disney World, my husband and I [...]

Fantasmic Lunch Package2015-01-12T09:41:12-05:00

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

2015-01-09T08:24:13-05:00

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of January 7, 2015 Magic Kingdom® Park Splash Mountain Cinderella's Royal Table Liberty Square Riverboat Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid Harmony Barber Shop Big Thunder Mountain Railroad "it's a small world" Dream Along with Mickey Jungle Cruise Liberty Tree Tavern Jan. 5 - 31, 2015 Jan. 5 - Mar. 6, 2015 Jan. 23 - 27, 2015 & Aug. 4 - 10, 2015 Feb. 2 - Mar. 6, 2015 Feb. 2 - [...]

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule2015-01-09T08:24:13-05:00

Family Fun in Galveston, Texas

2015-01-09T08:26:07-05:00

If you're within driving distance of Galveston, chances are you already know a few things about it. But if you've never been (or just haven't been in a few years), here are some activities you should know about: 1. The Beach. Yes, you probably know there's a beach here. And I'll admit that sometimes seaweed abounds. But it's all up to the weather, and sometimes the water is really beautiful here. And even when it's not, it's still fun to [...]

Family Fun in Galveston, Texas2015-01-09T08:26:07-05:00

Universal Orlando’s not just for Harry Potter fans!

2019-06-03T14:10:28-05:00

Are you a Harry Potter fan trying to convince your family to come to Universal Studios with you? Have you thought of Universal as just a place for teens and adults? Are you contemplating a stop at Universal Orlando but not sure the whole family will love it? Read on for my tips and reasons why you SHOULD plan a trip to the Universal Orlando Resort in 2015. Who will enjoy the Universal Orlando Resort? · Harry Potter Fans · [...]

Universal Orlando’s not just for Harry Potter fans!2019-06-03T14:10:28-05:00

Blue Springs State Park

2015-01-03T11:54:58-05:00

Blue Springs state park is located in Orange City Florida and covers over 2,600 acres. Blue Springs is an hour north of Disney World. Blue Springs is the largest spring on the St. Johns River. Blue Springs is a designated manatee refuge. West Indian Manatees make Blue springs their winter home typically between November to mid-March each year. The spring is closed to swimmers during these months. The spring is a cool 72 degrees year round with crystal clear water. [...]

Blue Springs State Park2015-01-03T11:54:58-05:00

How to Souvenir Shop at Disney World

2014-12-31T09:34:21-05:00

  How unfair is it that while on vacation you have to shop for presents for other people? Fret not at Disney World, because they took out all of the stress for you! Here is your guide on how to efficiently and smartly pick out the perfect present for everyone back home (and maybe something or two for yourself!) The days of lugging your bags of goodies around the parks are officially over. Here are your options for hassle-free shopping: [...]

How to Souvenir Shop at Disney World2014-12-31T09:34:21-05:00